Update + NaNoWriMo’21 Announcement

Hey y’all!

It’s been a few days, I know. I’m starting to feel pressured to put out content and make it good. I’m reading through books at 2x the speed and I’m not loving them. I don’t know if it’s the speed (which usually isn’t a problem) or my anticipation making my expectations too high, or just the pressure of needing to get content on my blog. But it’s causing me stress.

I get stressed trying to force myself to finish books quickly and get reviews written. I know I don’t retain books on a good day, but it’s getting really bad. I’m also busy with work and life outside of blogging and bookish things, and now with NaNo starting today, something has to give, even if it’s just a little bit. Continue reading “Update + NaNoWriMo’21 Announcement”

Writer Asks!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a sort of “Get to Know Me” post – so I figured now is the perfect time. Also, with work hopefully leveling out, and having started writing/getting inspired to write, I figured that a writer-ly get to know me was overdue. I know I do my writing update posts just about every month, but they’re more of a check in, versus these are my preferences/how I write.

I saw this initially on Twitter in the format of “one like for one question answered” and I just grabbed the screenshot so I could do it over here on my blog. There are quite a few questions – 30 to be exact – so let’s dive in.

This is in no way a tag, but please feel free to answer the questions if you want! Answer them all, or just some – and feel free to tag me in your post if you do answer them! I’d love to read your answers! I don’t know who originally created the questions, but the graphic was floating around on Twitter. Continue reading “Writer Asks!”

Writing Update #26

This is going to be a short one.

I made basically no progress this past month.

I don’t know where the time went, but while I didn’t get many words on the page, I did work on it.

I also sent what I had to my BFF who has read every draft so far, so I could get some feedback. So, I’m waiting to hear from her. I’ve been wanting her to read these revisions for a while now – but due to everything, she just simply hasn’t had the time. Our schedules hardly ever align these days – it’s terrible. Lowkey, I wanted her up to date with what I had written and with the direction of the story, so that I could talk at her (lol) until ideas clicked, and so that she could give me input and another viewpoint. Continue reading “Writing Update #26”

Writing Update #24

Well, I didn’t get 4 chapters revised. I did get 1.5 revised, so I’m still calling it a win.

I don’t want to make excuses, but I’ve been so low energy this month that by the time I have time to sit down and write, all I want to do is nothing. Absolutely, blissfully nothing.

But I got a chapter and a half done so seriously, I’m calling it a win. Continue reading “Writing Update #24”

Writing Update #23

I wanted to get more done this month.

I had plans to get more done.

Between life, a raise & new responsibility at work, training Codigo and blogging – I’ve been left very little free time. And this past week I’ve been dealing with the death of a dog, so my energy has been at an all time low.

Last month I made it a goal to do at least one chapter. Just revise one chapter. Continue reading “Writing Update #23”

Writing Update #22

Okay, so new year, same WIP.

Honestly, I feel like until I actually start writing again these posts are kind of useless, but here we go.

I barely worked on my SF WIP in 2020 and I barely wrote. I was constantly plagued by shiny new ideas and I’d write a few thousand words and then grow bored or uninspired.

I couldn’t figure out how I was stuck in my SF WIP, so every time I opened the Word doc, I’d just stare at it uselessly. So I didn’t touch it.

Then I started working full time and had no energy. This is a lame excuse, I know. Being stuck and having no energy and no drive to work on it – I didn’t.

Then in October I had a breakthrough. I got unstuck, but then it was NaNoWriMo and I still couldn’t work on it, and work picked up to insane levels.

Then I didn’t write at all in December. Continue reading “Writing Update #22”

It’s Christmas! Here’s a Wintery Scene!

Well, Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone’s holidays have been wonderful – despite the wrench 2020 has thrown into all plans. By the time this goes live, I very well might still be in bed, but when I wake up it’ll be present time! I’m so excited that it’s Codigo’s first Christmas. So far, he’s done really well with the tree – though he likes to try and drink the water. He was constantly in the way while wrapping presents, but he’s been good. He’s got some presents to open and I cannot wait. I also can’t wait for the coffee, coffeecake and mimosa’s that are going to make opening gifts really fun.

I wasn’t sure if I was doing a post today, but I remembered this wintery scene I wrote in a past NaNo project and I kind of feel like sharing it. I initially worked on this WIP in 2016 and then again in 2018. I really do love this WIP – it’s high fantasy where the world is split between the Northern and Southern Courts. Magic exists in the Southern Court, while all magic has been stripped from the Northern Court. There’s an evil queen hell bent on collecting all magic from the land, and a bit of an epic love story that hasn’t quite ended yet.

One of these days I will finish this WIP because I really do think it has potential and I love the characters.

But for now, here’s a little wintery scene! Like always with these kinds of posts – I haven’t touched this Word doc in who knowns how long (at least 2 years). So, there are potentially bound to be some grammatical errors, spelling mistakes or just little incorrect things. So please be kind and I hope you enjoy! Continue reading “It’s Christmas! Here’s a Wintery Scene!”

I’m Tired, So Here’s A Scene…or Two

Rush at work has officially ended and looming not far ahead are the holidays and time off work. But that being said, it’s been nonstop chaos for weeks and months now and I’m exhausted. There just never seem to be enough time in a day to get everything done.

I was going to post my next reviews for the Venatrix Chronicles today, but I couldn’t bring myself to focus on writing reviews, so I’m going for this post.

I’ve been thinking about doing this kind of post for a while, and now’s better than never. I’ve done a recap on all my NaNoWriMo Projects – which it might be time for an updated post – but I just wanted to come on here really quick and share two scenes from my 2017 NaNo WIP.

2017 was a weird NaNo for me – I initially wanted to write this mermaid story, but quickly lost interest, and then I was inspired to write this mash-up of Barbie Island Princess and Tangled and I managed over 50k of that story.

So, I thought I’d just share two scenes from each of these WIP’s just for the hell of it. I actually reread the mermaid one, and nothing really sparked, granted there’s not much there. But the Island Princess one – I’ve been rereading it for fun and it’s not as terrible as I remember it being. I’m actually almost tempted to work on it again.


Continue reading “I’m Tired, So Here’s A Scene…or Two”

NaNoWriMo’20 FINAL Update

I honestly haven’t struggled with NaNo this much since my first year of doing it. This year almost every second I spent writing felt like trying to pull teeth. The words didn’t want to come. It really didn’t help that I had no idea what this story was supposed to be – despite having a pretty good idea of what I wanted the plot to look like. I didn’t know the characters, so writing them was hard. This was also the first year that I did it while work + working so much overtime, so the energy wasn’t there. The last thing I wanted to do after getting off work, was write.

That being said, there were a few moments that I didn’t hate working on this WIP and I even hit a roll and was able to knock out a couple thousand words once or twice. But more often than not, I just didn’t write. I went days not writing, not updating my word count. I started to seriously question if my pride (or stubbornness) at almost needing to hit 50k was worth it, because I was so tired. I wanted to hit 50k, because I love this event and I wanted to hit that “you’ve done NaNo and won ten times” mark. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo’20 FINAL Update”